The Premier, the Hon. Paula A. Cox, JP, MP In response to recent comments by Kevin Comeau
Shame on Mr. Kevin Comeau for his reckless and misguided statements.
This speech is an extraordinary attack made worse by being under informed and ignoring numerous
public statements on the topic.
I hope that it is not done wilfully. In essence it appears as if it is being made up as the speaker went
The statement that the reason for the overruns in all the projects can only be due to corruption (or
managerial incompetence) - does that apply only to this Government or is he being even-handed in
levelling the criticism since there are a number of instances of over runs that preceded this
In making his unfounded accusations, he calls into question the integrity of not only Ministers but that
of Civil Servants.
Additionally, Mr. Comeau ignored the fact that Good Governance legislation will be introduced in
phases. Regarding the changes to the Audit Act, he is once again under-informed. I liaised with the
Auditor General directly as to her recommendation for changes to the Audit Act.
As was stated in the throne speech, “The Government will introduce legislation to enable public
authorities include the Director of Internal Audit and the Auditor General to ‘follow the money’, that is,
ensuring that money paid to vendors, contactors and organisation receiving grants is used for the
purpose for which it was authorised”
This Government will remain focussed on the task at hand, delivering for the people of Bermuda and
improving the level of governance in this Island. Our track record on Improving governance is long one.
This Government has strengthened the office of the Auditor General, is enacting Public Access to
Information, created the office of the Ombudsman, the Department of Internal Audit, and the Office of
Procurement and Project Management.
We have enacted good governance legislation and whistle-blower legislation and there is more to come.
Those who would seek to mislead must be reminded of the facts.